Today I read Helaman 8. This chapter is a continuation of Nephi speaking to the Nephites from his tower in his garden. This chapter is mainly his astonished musings about how in the world these people can be the way that they currently are.
I have wondered the same thing many times. I do not understand how people can believe ancient prophets but not modern ones. I do not understand how some people can pick and choose what they want to believe when a prophet speaks. Nephi mentions that the people believe the ancient prophets, they have the proof of those prophecies in some instances, such as Jerusalem being destroyed. But they deny that Jesus Christ will be born.
The power of mankind for self deception is incredible. People say that you cannot lie to the man/woman in the mirror, but I scoff at that. People lie to themselves everyday. Anytime people don't want to believe something about themselves they can just lie about it to themselves. They do it everyday. It's a very sad reality. We have already dealt with the concept of how there are more than enough witnesses for any court of law and yet people still want to lie to themselves and say there is no Jesus Christ, because it is easier for there to be no Christ and thus they can rationalize their life easier.
This will not be a long post, for I truly do not like dwelling on such topics overly long. It really is sad how people will believe the most outrageous things in order to avoid the truth. I hope each of us is more concerned with the truth and with believing in Jesus Christ than we are with living an "easy" life. Until tomorrow.